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*I have been out here far too long/ That is one of the favourite
phrases of the Anglo-Indian girl. Tve absolutely lost touch with
home.' They have never been 'home* ;it all. poor creatures, but
they would die rather than admit ii.
'I have Spanish blood in my -veins ' Thai is another favourite
It helps to account for the dark skin and the black hair. Some
girls even pick up little Spanish phrases which they introduce into
their conversation. They tell you that they learned them from
'Four shades whiter in four weeks !' So run the headline^ of
one of the innumerable advertisements for skin whitening pro-
ducts. The Anglo-Indian girk spend a laige proportion of their
incomes on these preparations, which are marketed with great
ingenuity. " Don't for one moment imagine that because you were
born with a dark skin you can do nothing about it,* proclaims
the inventor of a popular bleacher. "The technique of beauty
treatment has been revolutionized with the introduction of X,,.
the skin tonic which acts scientifically on the pigment cells.'
I am not qualified to comment on tho efficacy of these produce,
tions, but even if they do all that is claimed for them, the Anglo-
Indian girl would still be easy to 'spot/ For instance, she cannot
disguise her voice ; it has a curiously shrill * overt one,' particularly
when she laughs. And though she may be a natural blonde, there
is always a tawny shadow to her skin, as though there were honey
in her veins. Sometimes it is very beautiful, like ivory by candle
light, but it is emphatically of the East.
The great ambition of these girls is to marry an Englishman—
by hook or by crook—to be taken out of the country, anywhere,
anyhow, as long as they can escape from the dubious half-way
house in which life has cast them. Since the war this ambition
has naturally been enormously stimulated. British and American
soldiers have been besieged by offers of marriage, often accom-
panied by considerable cash inducements.
One cannot blame tho girl who makes such au offer—particu-
larly if she has a little imagination, and realizes that otherwise
Tier road must inevitably lie downhill. She has seen the fate of
her sister who has not achieved matrimony with a white man; it
is not pleasant. It is either u lonely spinstcrhood, with pride as a